With its high stage, bright lights, and deep red curtains, Heaven seemed an apt venue for Minus the Bear’s performance. The first support act, Sketches, warmed up the audience nicely. Though the crowd started off quite stiff by the end of their performance they began to relax. Sons and Lovers then took to the stage playing a great set and really making the audience come alive. They had people singing along and clapping to the music, getting everyone involved.
When Minus The Bear hit the stage everyone was ready to sing their hearts out. As they kick started their set with Knights it felt like the whole crowd knew all the words and the atmosphere was electric. There were people of all ages, dressed for all occasions (a few women were in long gowns), all coming together for the music. Then as the band moved on to play The killer Game Of Crisco Twister and Throwin’ Shapes, leading man Jake Snider made easy conversation with the crowd as he laughed over the fact a sock had been thrown on stage.
Throughout their set the band played a variety of songs from all of their albums, old and new. This was their only headline show in the UK over the whole tour so it gave an added excitement to the night as it all came to life. Bass player, Cory Murchy, put his thumbs up after every song to ensure that the crowd were having an amazing time (and perhaps to indicate he was loving it too). By way of a response, everyone went wild shouting his name just to try and get eye contact.
Final song Pachuca Sunrise went down a storm and as the band headed off stage throwing plectrums, screams of “encore” from the crowd boomed through the room whilst people stamped their feet and clapped their hands. After a few minutes of suspense the band came back onto the stage to play a further two songs, The Fix and then Absinthe Party. Balloons were flying in the air and everyone let out every last ounce of energy they had left for the band. Overall I was incredibly impressed; the atmosphere was incredible, the venue was beautiful and all three bands played out of their skins. With a strong presence on stage, Minus the Bear showed why they are a must see live band.